Takunda Chingonzo is an entrepreneur who loves working with new and emerging technologies, and believes that information technology should be an extension of the human existence. He is passionate about entrepreneurship in Africa and the nurturing of such into disruptive organizations that bring sustainable change. He is the founder of The TechVillage, a collaborative working space for early stage tech startups as well as the founder of Velociti, a startup accelerator based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Takunda’s Vision is to see a connected Africa leveraging on technology built by Africans, by helping to build 100 startups in and around Africa by the year 2020, through the TechVillage and Velociti. He has spoken at numerous international conferences the likes of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the Global Philanthropy Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and Africa Conference. Takunda has had the opportunity to interview President Obama on issues relating to enterprising African entrepreneurs.
He previously worked on Neolab Technology, a multi award winning company known as the “Startup factory” which helped build over 20 startups. He is heavily immersed in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and has mentored a good number of startups at events like Startup Weekend in pursuit of his life mission, which is to help build enduring companies. He recently was featured on the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list titled: Tomorrow’s billionaires’. He is a Mandela Washington Fellow, a Yunus and Youth Fellow and Kairos Fellow and has received numerous awards and recognition attributed to his various work in empowering and driving the spirit of entrepreneurship across Africa.
- Startups engaged 30
- Speaker Engagements 35
- Internships & Fellowships 9
- Startups co-founded 5